The DES have today (5th June, 2013) issued their latest update on teacher allocations and redeployment panels at primary level for 2013/14 school year.

Click here to read the update as at 5th June, 2013.

Click here to see the supplementary panels list.

Main redeployment panels summary list.

The next update will be issued by the DES on the 12th June, 2013.

The DES have issued a new panel update (28th May, 2013) in respect of primary school teachers for the school year, 2013/14.

The relevant circular in relation to staffing arrangements is 0013/2013.

Here is the latest panel summary list.

The next panel update will be issued by the DES on the 5th June, 2013.

The purpose of this Circular is to–

  • Advise unregistered people who are employed in teaching posts in recognised schools and who have sufficient qualifications to be registered with the Teaching Council to APPLY IMMEDIATELY to the Council, as the registration process can take several months,
  • Explain the employment consequences for qualified and unqualified people employed in teaching posts in recognised schools who are unregistered on or after 1 November 2013,
  • Explain the approach to be taken to posts occupied by unregistered people who are not qualified, and
  • Provide guidance to Boards of Management and Vocational Education Committees regarding appointments to Oireachtas funded teaching posts in recognised schools, having regard to the 1 November 2013 commencement date for Section 30.

Read/Download circular 25/2013 here. (issued 15th March, 2013)

See also: all teachers must be registered with teaching council by 30th November, 2013.

The DES has issued an update on teacher allocations and redeployment panels on 14th May, 2013.

The relevant circular is 13/2013 which set out the staffing arragnements for primary schools for the school year 2013/2013.

Supplementary panels will be circulated at a later stage and will be used to fill remaining permanent vacancies that are not required for the redeployment of surplus permanent/CID holding teachers.

Read the latest update here.

Filed under Schools, Teachers #

Bullying on social media sites is all too common nowadays.

The most recent tragic cases in Donegal  leading to the tragic suicide of a 13 year old girl, and subsequently her sister, shows the insidious and harmful nature of such bullying.

Listening to Morning Ireland this morning on RTE Radio 1 I heard the advice being given that “doing a screen grab” was necessary to gather the evidence necessary to confront the bullies.

And it struck me that many parents and children may not actually know how to do this.

It is very simple. The video below shows you how to gather the necessary evidence by capturing screenshots of your computer screen so that you can give them to parents, teachers or Gardai.

You need 2 things only (and they are both free)

1. This button on your keyboard-the Print Screen button. It will look something like this..



It is normally beside the f12 button.

2. Paint programme (preinstalled on the vast majority of computers)

Simply follow the instructions in the video and give me a shout if you have any difficulty.

Filed under Parents, Schools, Teachers #

Section 30 of the Teaching Council Act 2001 states:

30.—A person who is employed as a teacher in a recognised school but—

(a) is not a registered teacher, or

(b) is removed or suspended from the register under Part 5,

shall not be remunerated by the school in respect of his or her employment out of moneys provided by the Oireachtas.

This section of the Act will commence on 1st November, 2013. This means that

If you are working as a teacher in a recognised school, but are not currently registered with the Teaching Council, you should immediately apply to the Council for registration.

The Department of Education and Skills and VECs will be prohibited by law from paying unregistered people employed in teaching positions in schools on or after 1 November except in very exceptional circumstances and for very short time periods.(Source: DES)

For details about registration and frequently asked questions click here.

UPDATE 15th May, 2013: new circular 25/2013

The Department of Education and Skills have issued a letter to Boards of Management  Principals, and Teachers in Primary schools in relation to standardised testing and returns for 2012/2013.

These returns must be returned online on or before 28th June, 2013.

Read the DES letter here.

The relevant circulars are